January 2017

Study Finds Physically Active Kids Less Depressed

Children who regularly engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity — the type that leaves them sweaty and out of breath — are less likely to develop depression, according to a new study by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and NTNU Social Research. “Being active, getting sweaty and roughhousing offer more than just physical health benefits. They also protect against depression,” said first author Tonje Zahl, a Ph.D. candidate at NTNU.

How to Survive Your Adolescent

Being a parent is the hardest job you ever love...and research shows that it's hardest during adolescence. Very few people offer good advice. So here is my master plan for you:

Bullying Can Also Hurt Kids’ Academic Performance

New research finds that chronic bullying is related to lower academic achievement, a dislike of school and low confidence by students in their own academic abilities. Investigators tracked hundreds of children from kindergarten through high school and...

Ending Sexual Abuse of Our Children

While we still don’t know much about how to prevent child sexual abuse, there are things families and communities are doing to keep our kids safe and avoid a lifetime of problems.

Reading Books with Dad May Boost School Readiness, Parenting Skills

A parenting program in which fathers read to their preschoolers was found to boost the dads’ parenting skills while also improving the preschoolers’ school readiness and behavior, according to a new study led by New York University (NYU). “Unlike earlier research, our study finds that it is possible to engage fathers from low-income communities in parenting interventions, which benefits both the fathers and their children,” said lead author Dr. Anil Chacko, associate professor of counseling psychology at NYU Steinhardt. Fathers play a vital role in the social, emotional, and behavioral development of their children. However, few studies have focused on ...

Responding with Enthusiasm

It is very easy to squelch a child's enthusiasm with a disapproving, frightened, or critical facial expressions

Teaching Values To Our Children

We say and teach children that civility is a core value in society: We extol respect, tolerance, compassion, kindness and cooperation. Our actions, however, often fall far short.

Older Kids More Apt to See Admitting Mistakes to Parents As Right Thing to Do

Even if they believe they could be punished, older kids are more likely than younger children to view confessing to a misdeed as the right thing to do, according to University of Michigan researchers. And, kids of all ages who anticipate that a parent would feel happy about a child’s confession — even if they might be punished — were found to be more likely to come forward rather than conceal transgressions.

Identifying Eating Disorders Early May Be Key to Saving Lives

Detecting and treating eating disorder symptoms as early as possible is key to helping prevent children from developing a potentially life-threatening eating disorder, according to a new study published in the academic journal Appetite. The researcher...

The Surprising Answer to “What’s Missing”

The word for this is “play”. Play, according to Dr. Brown is more than engagement with a specific activity or game, but rather it’s a state of mind that can be experienced in any aspect of our lives. Embodying an attitude of playfulness infuses our life experience with a sense of ease, enjoyment, pleasure, and creativity that has transformative and restorative benefits.

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